Bangladesh Under-19 bowler Ruhel Ahmed took four wickets on the opening day of the first Youth Test yesterday to mitigate the effects of the England openers' assault and leave the visitors on 280 for eight.
After electing to bat at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram, England openers George Baldersen and Ben Charlesworth put on an impressive 124-run partnership before slow left-armer Ruhel took over.
He took a catch off his own bowling to send back Balderson for 65 before castling Lewis Goldsworthy (4) and having Tom Lammonby (7) caught in quick succession to leave the visitors on 144 for three.
Jamie Smith joined the left-handed Charlesworth and the pair added 30 runs before the former was trapped in front by Minhajur Rahman. Following another noteworthy 56-run partnership with George Hill, Charlesworth's 248-ball stay was finally ended by Ruhel.
The Gloucestershire cricketer fell an agonising one run short of a century, departing for a 99-run knock that featured 12 boundaries.
George Hill added a further 26 to the scorecard before being removed by Asadullah Hill, who also removed next batsman Luke Hollman for nought.
Hamidullah Qadri became the last wicket to fall on the day -- Minhajur's second victim -- leaving Don Mousley and Adam Finch at the crease.
SCORES IN BRIEF
ENGLAND U-19s: 261 for 8 (Balderson 65, Charlesworth 99; Ruhel 4-61, Asadullah 2-68, Minhajur 2-28)